Considering Organic Certification on some of your acres?

Our Transition Toolkit Service Program is designed to offer customized assistance through the organic certification process. Whether assistance is needed setting up a recordkeeping system and understanding the process, or comprehensive assistance including agronomy and approved input selection is desired, there is a Toolkit right for your operation. Three Toolkit Service Options are available to fit your operational needs; a one-time service or subscription services over the duration of the three year transition period.  We can connect you with the Toolkit that is right for you!

Transition Toolkit Services

Our Transition Toolkit Service Program provides customized technical assistance through the organic certification process. Certification companies are prohibited per organic rule to provide advice or consultation on how to navigate real-world barriers to certification. Let us ensure you have the tools for success! After a free consultation we can determine which Toolkit serves your goals best.


Three Toolkit Service Options are available to fit your operational goals: 

All service options include in person consultation(s) on the farm, or virtual consultations if needed. Additionally, each option includes resources for home study selected based on your needs and stage in the transition process. Toolkit Service Members also receive free attendance at trainings (in-person and virtual) with other area organic and transitioning growers in our program.


Utility Starter Kit

$500 flat fee for up to 8 hours of assistance, with travel expense additional.

  • One-time service consultation with custom resource kit provided. 
  • We can set up a recordkeeping system and provide guidance through the process as it pertains to your operation. 
  • In-person consultation with an organic certification specialist on your farm(s). Limited assistance with creating your OSP to prepare for the application process when your land is eligible for organic. 
  • Inputs review. Technical report of options for approved organic inputs suited for your operation. 
  • Record Keeping & Certification Guidance from an experienced organic inspector. o Assessment & Next Steps. After our in-person visit, receive a “Next Steps” assessment detailing the gaps between your existing practices and organic compliance. 


Versatility and Premium Support Kits

Versatility Kit is $1000 annual fee for up to 20 Hours/ year. Premium Kit is $1500 annual fee for up to 30 hours/ year. 

Quotes available based on scale and complexity of the operation and enterprises to be certified. Travel expenses additional. 

  • Subscription service plan over the duration of the three-year transition period. 
  • All the services provided in the Utility Kit in addition to: annual farm visits, guidance selecting a suitable organic certifier and attendance at your initial organic inspection. 
  • Comprehensive support including grant & cost share application assistance, agronomy and approved input selection is also an option.
  • Assistance navigating customized organic crop insurance options with Northbourne Insurance. 
  • Access to SecurCrop Marketing expertise and assistance planning your first organic sales
Toolkit Service Members receive free attendance at
trainings with other area organic and transitioning
growers in our program.


Certified organic and in need of assistance with

compliance issues or switching certifiers?
Contact us for individual pricing based on your needs.


Contact Mae Petrehn, Production Protocol Manager

(605) 682-0006, Mae@dakotasbestseed.com


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Mae Petrehn

Production Protocol Manager

(605) 682-0006

Mae@dakotasbestseed.com

About Mae  As the Production Protocol Manager with Dakotas Best Seed and SecurCrop Organics, Mae’s goal is to provide growers with relevant technical knowledge about organic systems. Part of her position is to coordinate our Transition Toolkit program, guiding growers through the organic transition process. Her background is in organic certification and inspection, feedlot compliance, ranch management and grazing planning. In 2011, she completed an M.S. in Sustainable Agriculture from Iowa State University. Mae believes that organic industry offers opportunities for farms to diversify and be compensated for their land stewardship, and hopes she can be part of accessing organic easier for growers all over the Midwest.


To stay busy Mae runs a pastured sheep enterprise on her farm outside of New London, MN while updating an ancient farmhouse. With any free time left, she loves reading, improving her dog training skills with her border collie Zak, and hunting with her partner Shon. 

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